skip to content

Open Day at the Department of Veterinary Medicine

10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday 16 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Department of Veterinary Medicine, Madingley Road, CB3 0ES

Learn about Bat viruses, Tasmanian Devils, how to get DNA from fruit and make your own antibodies and antigens papercrafts! These are just some of the activities visitors can try out at the Department Veterinary Medicine’s open day on Saturday 16 March 2024.

We will also hear two talks, one from the renowned Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Dr David Willaims who will talk about ‘dry eye’ in dogs and people. The talk is titled: 'Not a dry eye in the house!' – this is at 2pm in our main Lecture Theatre.We will also hear from one of our fabulous Postdoctoral Research Associates – Dr Andrew Chan whose talk is titled ‘Superheroes of your immune system’. This will take place at 3pm in our Main Lecture Theatre. No tickets needed – just come along!

All activities and both talks are aimed at a family audience and are designed to promote science in a fun and interesting way! Find out more about the day’s activities here:

• Bad viruses adventure – Find out hidden bats, ‘unlock’ their hidden virus and match it up with the virus codes. What virus is your bat carrying?

• Tasmanian Devils Field Adventure - A mysterious disease is spreading among the Tasmanian Devils, and we need your help to crack the case! Become part of our team of Tasmanian Devil experts at the vet school, and learn how to trap the Tasmanian Devils, diagnose the sick animals, and find out what the disease is to help us save them!

• DNA Extraction Workshop - This is a practical science session using household materials to extract DNA from fruit. • Animal Aspirations Workshop – Come and meet some real Vet Students! – They will show you what it’s like to be a vet student at Cambridge Vet School and get hands-on with the sort of clinical skills you might learn!

• Two great fun science talks in our lecture theatre ? 2pm - 'Not a dry eye in the house!' – This talk will be given by our renowned Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Dr David Williams who will talk about dry eye in dogs and people. ? 3pm - ‘Superheroes of your immune system’ This talk will be given by one of our fabulous Postdoctoral Research Associates Dr Andrew Chan. Who will compare how a virus attacks our immune system by the analogy of the superhero! – It has to be heard to be believed!

No booking needed. However, if we are busy, entry will be on a first come first served basis and only our maximin number of visitors will be able to enter.

Get hands-on with our fab events at this year's Cambridge Festival Open Day! - Saturday 16 March 2024 | Department of Veterinary Medicine

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

Additional Information

Age: All Ages, Children under 12, Young Adults 12 – 18
Format: Exhibition, Family Weekend, Talk, Tour
Timing: In person
Theme: Discovery, Environment, Health, Society
Accessibility: Full access

You might also like...

Read more at: inReach: A mixed media exhibition of lived expertise

inReach: A mixed media exhibition of lived expertise

9:00am-5:00pm on weekdays from Monday 18 March until Friday 12 April except on Bank Holidays
In person
All Ages

inReach (an inversion of ‘outreach’) considers the creative work of those usually closed off from academic and artistic production because of...